Canetti and the Iraq War

Harpers' Scott Horton has a really good post linking the great writer Elias Canetti, notably his Crowd and Power, and the Bush administration's emotional management of its war dead. Do read the old Harpers' review article on Canetti from 1980 too if you can.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,